Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival
October 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition
Governor of Hawaii David Ige visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Prefectural Office in the evening on October 26 during his trip to Okinawa to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival. The two confirmed that Okinawa and Hawaii will continue education, student, and cultural exchanges. Governor Ige said that he had been personally looking forward to coming to Okinawa, and that he is inspired to see everyone who had returned to Okinawa from other countries.
Ige reported that 1800 people of Okinawan descent had come to Okinawa for the festival. In response to this large number Onaga said with a smile that he feels Okinawa and Hawaii’s mutual ring of cultural exchange has blossomed. He says after this he wants administrative personnel from both Okinawa and Hawaii to become even more closely acquainted and deepen cultural exchange.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)
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